In June, 2007, the European Parliament brought in a regulation which aimed to reduce emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles. The regulation was brought in to help reduce the negative effects of pollution on the environment and on people’s health.
In the 1990s, it was found that 20% of all carbon dioxide emissions came from goods vehicles and the EU set a target to reduce these levels to 8% by the end of 2012. As this did not happen (emissions actually increased to 28% or goods vehicles) some new legislation has been brought in.
What is the Euro 6 Standard?
If your truck has a diesel engine, you will need to reduce its emissions of nitrogen oxides as soon as the Euro 6 standard comes into play on the 1st September 2014.
Vehicles used to transport goods will be capped at 80mg/km and diesel vehicles will be capped at 170mg/km. You will also need to check several other categories to make sure your truck is compliant as, if it is over a certain weight, your emissions will be measured in terms of their energy output rather than distance travelled and, in order to comply with the Euro 6 standard, you should make sure your emissions meet the required levels. This applies to tailpipe, evaporative and crankcase emissions.
Which Pollutant Emissions Will Be Tested?
The EU is particularly concerned with the reduction of nitrogen particulates, oxides and hydrocarbons as these are damaging to the environment and can cause health problems.
What Do I Need To Check To Make Sure My Truck Complies?
You must make sure that your truck has a device fitted to control pollution and you should check it every five years or after travelling 100,000 km. If you are self-employed, contact your local service centre for more information about getting one fitted.
As well as having an anti-pollutant fitted, you should check the following emissions:
It is also a good idea to test any other emissions from your vehicle including its idling speed and carbon dioxide emissions. A good garage should be able to help run these tests and they should be aware of the new regulations.
If your vehicle fails any of the emissions checks, you should get relevant parts fitted to cut down on pollutant emissions. There may be tax breaks available if you need to make modifications to your vehicle.
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